Over my time at the 2019 European Poker Tour stop in Sochi, Russia, I made sure to have my cellphone handy at all times such that I could capture footage and document my experiences. These little clips and snippets have now all been weaved together into this video highlight clip, which I hope illustrates the entire experience was like.
I hope you enjoy experiencing the trip “through my eyes” and that it’ll perhaps convince you that making your way to Sochi sometime soon for some poker and for a genuinely fun vacation is a worthwhile proposition.
Game selection is a critical skill in poker, but occasionally there’s a lot to be gained by sitting in a game where you feel out of your comfort zone. So, too, in life, expanding your horizons beyond what you’re used to can often serve to benefit you as a person in the long term.
This lesson was something that manifested itself numerous times during my six-day visit to the 2019 European Poker Tour stop in Sochi. I hope you enjoy reading this feature article, which recaps my experiences in the Russian resort town.
In order to learn a little bit more about Russia and have some fun along the way while at the 2019 EPT Sochi event, I spoke with PokerStars Team Online Pro Mikhail Shalamov, one of the country’s native sons.
In this quiz format, we discussed a number of Russian words and phrases, some history, and some of the country’s famed sports legends and personalities.
Rather than sleep while abroad on my poker trips, I usually opt to play cash games through the night. On this latest trip to Russia for the 2019 EPT Sochi, I played in two sessions on back-to-back nights, and for all intents and purposes they couldn’t have been more different.
Here’s the story.
In just a couple days, I’ll be heading off to Russia to attend the 2019 EPT Sochi. It’ll be my first time at the venue, and first time visiting Russia in over 25 years. Beyond the poker, there’s a lot that I’m excited to see, do, and experience once I arrive there.
Here’s a list of the top five things I’m looking forward to at the upcoming 2019 EPT Sochi poker festival.